Leadership

Fletcher Hamilton
President and CEO

As CEO and member of the Board of Directors, Fletcher is responsible for Netsocket's strategic direction and growth. Fletcher brings deep industry knowledge as well as a strong track record in worldwide sales, business development and the establishment of new markets in complex technical environments.

Fletcher previously served as executive vice president of sales and business development for Netsocket. Fletcher came to Netsocket from Acme Packet, where he was vice president of enterprise and government sales and a founding member of the enterprise sales team. He was previously vice president/general manager of Americas system sales for NetTest Inc. (acquired by Anritsu), a Danish provider of integration performance analysis and service assurance systems for VoIP, GSM, GPRS, UMTS and next-generation network technologies.

Prior to that, Fletcher served as senior director of sales and vice president of customer operations for Alcatel USA, and he previously held senior customer operations management positions with DSC Communications Corp and was a field service engineer with Northern Telecom and an electronics technician with the United States Navy.

Richard Platt
CTO, Vice-President of Engineering

Richard Platt is responsible for establishing Netsocket’s technical vision and leading all aspects of the company’s technology development.  He brings over 25 years experience defining, developing, and commercializing emerging technologies in both start-up and Fortune 100 environments.   

Often referred to as the “father of Enterprise VoIP,” Richard has earned many patents. His career includes successes as the Director of Engineering at Intecom (a digital PBX company) and as the Co-founder, Vice President and CTO at Selsius Systems, which was acquired by Cisco in 1998.  

After the Cisco acquisition, Richard grew Selsius into a multi-billion dollar business unit where, as Vice-President/Development for the Cisco Systems Enterprise Voice Division, he oversaw approximately 600 development and test engineers.

Richard later incubated and became the GM for a new startup within Cisco that focused on small businesses.  Upon his departure in 2007, the company was already doing more than $200M in annual sales.

Richard briefly retired, but then returned to high-tech entrepreneurship in 2010, when he founded his third company, myRead, Inc. He joined Netsocket in 2012.

Ken Lewis
Co-founder, VP of Operations

As VP of Operations, As VP of Operations, Ken Lewis focuses on achieving Netsocket’s overarching goal of improving the quality software-defined networking deployments. Prior to co-founding Netsocket, Ken was President and CEO of Chiaro Networks, Ltd., a Richardson, Texas-based start-up that developed and marketed a high-capacity core router for the service provider industry. Chiaro achieved several industry firsts in improving the reliability of core routers.

Before Chiaro, Ken served in a variety of progressive management roles over a 20-year period at Alcatel USA, including Senior Vice President of the Transmission Products division. In that role, he was responsible for the complete transmission product line of the merged Alcatel Network Systems and DSC businesses. He oversaw a team of more than 1,500 members with annual sales in excess of $1 billion. He also held management positions in product planning, product line management, and strategic planning at Alcatel.

Ken holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in business from the University of Texas at Dallas. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2000.

Tricia Hosek
Chief Operating Officer

Tricia Hosek is responsible for managing the company’s overall operations as well as Netsocket’s product and marketing strategy. Her career is highlighted by high growth and profitability achievements spanning early stage start-ups through multi-billion dollar operations.

Tricia comes to Netsocket following a series of successful business strategy engagements with the boards of venture-backed technology startups in the Dallas area. Previously, as President/GM of Switching Solutions at Tekelec, Tricia drove the integration of three start-up companies to form a single market-leading business unit. This strategy resulted in the tripling of combined revenues approaching $150M annually.

Earlier at Siemens, Tricia held P&L responsibility for the North American wireline access market, with revenue in excess of $450M/year. As a member of the Global Strategy Board, she planned the consolidation strategy for global product lines.

Prior to the Siemens acquisition, Tricia led product strategy and operations from early stage through successful initial public offering at Efficient Networks. The dramatic growth drove the acquisition by Siemens for $1.5 Billion.

Lance Visser
Chief Software Architect

Lance Visser has 17 years of experience in routing protocol software and operating systems. Lance served as IP/MPLS software architect for Fujitsu Network Systems, where he helped define a new generation of products.

From 1999 to 2005, he was responsible for taking the Chiaro Networks core router and its software from high–level design to customer production deployments. He architected an innovative high-availability system for the Chiaro router and was awarded several patents. Prior to 1999, he worked for Hewlett-Packard and Alcatel in the areas of high-performance computing, high-performance networking, and high availability.

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